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Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson column: It’s not embarassing to be a learner

Stop being so hard on people already, we’re all just doing our best

Sarah Simpson
Backyard hens are now permitted within the Town of Lake Cowichan. (Citizen file)

Backyard hens legally take up residency in Lake Cowichan

Decades-old battle finally ends, chickens legal in Lake Cowichan backyards

Backyard hens are now permitted within the Town of Lake Cowichan. (Citizen file)
Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)

Young Cowichan farmer with COVID-19 battling for his life

Josh Mellor is in the ICU at Royal Jubilee Hospital

Josh Mellor has COVID-19 and is fighting for his life in an ICU in Victoria. (Submitted by Miranda Mellor)
“And they’re off… At the starting signal, 150 runners begin Sunday’s Terry Fox marathon”. (Lake News/Sept. 16, 1981)

Flashback: Chickens and dogs, amalgamation woes, Terry Fox run, house prices

A look back into the history of Lake Cowichan and area

“And they’re off… At the starting signal, 150 runners begin Sunday’s Terry Fox marathon”. (Lake News/Sept. 16, 1981)
The Mandwe family is ready to help with next week’s BC Thanksgiving Food Drive by picking up the bags left on your front doorsteps. Even four-year-old Benji wants to help. (Submitted by Carol Stiles)

Thanksgiving Food Drive begins next week in Cowichan

The goal? To get the community’s help to fill the shelves of Cowichan’s food banks

The Mandwe family is ready to help with next week’s BC Thanksgiving Food Drive by picking up the bags left on your front doorsteps. Even four-year-old Benji wants to help. (Submitted by Carol Stiles)
The Hand of Man Museum never gets dull. There's always something to look at and always something new to learn. It even has a magic candy machine. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
The Hand of Man Museum never gets dull. There's always something to look at and always something new to learn. It even has a magic candy machine. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan fire chief Doug Knott. (Gazette file)

Lake Cowichan Fire Department recruiting heroes

Apply today for the fall member intake

Lake Cowichan fire chief Doug Knott. (Gazette file)
Citizens will gather at Duncan City Square at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 ahead of the federal leader’s debate to draw attention to the climate emergency and the urgent need for scaled-up federal climate action. (B. Hetschko photo)
Citizens will gather at Duncan City Square at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 ahead of the federal leader’s debate to draw attention to the climate emergency and the urgent need for scaled-up federal climate action. (B. Hetschko photo)
“United Church Worship and Education Team members Lilien Kerr, Mikki Welsh, and Audrey Towle, from left, with reverend Greg Darjes. Behind them is the cross from the old United Church, which was saved from fire in 1990.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 7, 2011)

Flashback: Back to school, Church anniversary and Coronation Street soap opera

A look back into the history of Lake Cowichan and area

“United Church Worship and Education Team members Lilien Kerr, Mikki Welsh, and Audrey Towle, from left, with reverend Greg Darjes. Behind them is the cross from the old United Church, which was saved from fire in 1990.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Sept. 7, 2011)
Sometimes siblings fight like cats and dogs. Other times they actually help each other in the sweetest ways. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sometimes siblings fight like cats and dogs. Other times they actually help each other in the sweetest ways. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Honeymoon Bay Fire Chief Raymond Wear. (Gazette file)

Float plane crashes into Cowichan Lake

The pilot was “very lucky from the sounds of it”

Honeymoon Bay Fire Chief Raymond Wear. (Gazette file)
Back to school. (Stock photo)

Cowichan school district encouraging masks for all students this fall

Masks mandated for Grades 4-12, encouraged for K-3

Back to school. (Stock photo)
“Mai and Emi Ikemura hug the cuddly and patient dog Eva, at Honeymoon Bay’s Central Park. The two Duncan youngsters played with with Eva during a visit with their Honeymoon Bay grandfather, Mitsu, earlier this month.” Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 24, 2011)

Flashback: Late Christmas card, toy tank used in assault, drama on Coronation Street

A look back in history at the Cowichan Lake area.

“Mai and Emi Ikemura hug the cuddly and patient dog Eva, at Honeymoon Bay’s Central Park. The two Duncan youngsters played with with Eva during a visit with their Honeymoon Bay grandfather, Mitsu, earlier this month.” Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 24, 2011)
Sending kids back to school is most certainly uncomfortable. (Citizen file)

Sarah Simpson Column: Momma’s got the back to school pandemic blues

I took my children back to school shopping with their Grammy

Sending kids back to school is most certainly uncomfortable. (Citizen file)
The VIJHL’s Lake Cowichan Kraken vs. Kerry Park Islanders’ game has been cancelled tonight.

First meeting of Lake Cowichan Kraken and Islanders cancelled

Kerry Park unable to attend VIJHL hockey game

The VIJHL’s Lake Cowichan Kraken vs. Kerry Park Islanders’ game has been cancelled tonight.
Kathleen August is a single mom of three children. Her home was destroyed by fire on Aug. 25 and her youngest child, Vincent, was flown to hospital in Vancouver with serious injuries as a result of the blaze. (GoFundMe)

UPDATE: GoFundMe for 6-year-old who suffered serious burns in Duncan fire goes over the top

GoFundMe accounts set up for multiple townhouse residents

Kathleen August is a single mom of three children. Her home was destroyed by fire on Aug. 25 and her youngest child, Vincent, was flown to hospital in Vancouver with serious injuries as a result of the blaze. (GoFundMe)
The Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society is hosting a family fun arts and nature festival at Ts’uubaa-asatx Town Square on Sept. 4.

Arts and Nature Festival set for Sept. 4 in Lake Cowichan

Music, dancing, crafts, arts, vendors, and food… ‘everything you need to have a great day’

The Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society is hosting a family fun arts and nature festival at Ts’uubaa-asatx Town Square on Sept. 4.
Flames tear through a housing block on Dingwall Street late ednesday night, Aug. 25. (Submitted by Daniel Hudson)

UPDATE: Six sent to hospital as fire tears through Duncan housing complex

Emergency Services helps residents find alternate beds for the night

Flames tear through a housing block on Dingwall Street late ednesday night, Aug. 25. (Submitted by Daniel Hudson)
The Beaver is just one of the derelict boats that has plagued Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)

Derelict boat hunters scour Cowichan shores

It will take years to remove the boats

The Beaver is just one of the derelict boats that has plagued Cowichan Bay. (Citizen file)
“Left – Celebrating his 71st birthday the day after the race, Spaniard Bernard Hewitt beat out a group of much younger competitors during the annual Youbou Regatta 1/4 mile swim race, Saturday, Aug. 13. ‘This is the third time I’ve entered. It gives me something to aim for,’ Hewitt said. Spending winters in Spain and summers with a friend at Marble Bay, Hewitt has taken to swimming Cowichan Lake on a daily basis. While in Spain, he stays in shape by swimming in a pool. Hewitt was the oldest participant to complete the swim, while local youngster Emily Vaughan was the youngest. Middle – Local athlete Grace Fox placed second, followed shortly thereafter by fellow local swimmer Alyssa Porter, right.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 17, 2011)

Flashback: Garden gnome games, ambulance blackout, strike end nears

What was making headlines this week around Cowichan Lake in years gone by

“Left – Celebrating his 71st birthday the day after the race, Spaniard Bernard Hewitt beat out a group of much younger competitors during the annual Youbou Regatta 1/4 mile swim race, Saturday, Aug. 13. ‘This is the third time I’ve entered. It gives me something to aim for,’ Hewitt said. Spending winters in Spain and summers with a friend at Marble Bay, Hewitt has taken to swimming Cowichan Lake on a daily basis. While in Spain, he stays in shape by swimming in a pool. Hewitt was the oldest participant to complete the swim, while local youngster Emily Vaughan was the youngest. Middle – Local athlete Grace Fox placed second, followed shortly thereafter by fellow local swimmer Alyssa Porter, right.” (Tyler Clarke/Lake Cowichan Gazette, Aug. 17, 2011)